I'm a sewing enthusiast in Beacon, New York, with a love of all things retro. This site is all about tutorials, tips, inspiration, and lots of spirited discussion about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. My first book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, is now out from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books! Also look for my line "Patterns by Gertie" from Butterick.
Readers, before I was a thirty-something dork obsessed with tailoring, I was a young dork obsessed with unicorns. In fact, one of my first independent sewing projects was a felt unicorn throw pillow, made in Home Economics. My mother is a fellow crafty person, and she indulged this love of magical horned ponies by knitting the sweater you see above. If you're a knitter, you'll know that a unicorn sweater is no small feat—it's a triumph of intarsia!
I thought you'd enjoy what she wrote on the back of the above picture:
Anyway, my mom and I were talking about THE SWEATER! yesterday. I just so happen to have a work function this week for which I need a unicorn-themed costume. (Long story. Let's just say I'm still Team Unicorn.) Well, Mom still has THE SWEATER! around; she refers to it as "her masterpiece," for obvious reasons. Do you see where this story is going, readers? The unicorn sweater is on its way back to me! And I'm going to attempt to squeeze into it! I'm so psyched.
Now I just need to get to work on making a sparkly horn and coordinating the rest of my ensemble. Back when the sweater was first made, I used wear it to school with the cutest matching purple corduroy skirt. (Yeah, I was so stylin'.) I'll have to see what I have in my wardrobe now that will do it the same justice.
Now, before you lambaste my young personal style, remember that this was during the heyday of Lisa Frank paraphenalia.
I have to say, I still get a little giddy when I see Lisa Frank stuff. Ah, memories.
I'm not really sure what this post has to do with sewing, but there you have it. GO TEAM UNICORN!!!!